Jude Bellingham is ever so close to sealing his dream move to Real Madrid. With personal terms agreed between the player and the Merengues, half the job is done.
However, the negotiation storm is inevitable in transactions that carry so much value. In Bellingham’s case, one always knew that it was only a matter of time before the clubs began their financial discussions, and such discrepancies in valuation showed up.
Fabrizio Romano provides a peek into what could potentially be the eye of the storm. According to the Italian journalist, Real Madrid’s opening offer for the English prodigy could be close to €100 million as a fixed fee with variables added. Thus, one could expect the total valuation of the package to be in the €120-130 million ballpark.
Borussia Dortmund, for their part, expect at least €150 million for their star. There is, thus, a significant gap between the valuation seen by both parties, but the difference is not unbridgeable.
It is unlikely that the Germans will accept the very first official offer that comes their way. However, Real Madrid and Dortmund hope to reach a final agreement and seal the transfer by the end of May, as revealed by Graeme Bailey.
Bellingham is seen as a long-term successor to Luka Modric at the club. While it is indeed impossible to replace the veteran, the Englishman shares a similar profile and is very effective in front of goal.
Alongside Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni, Bellingham will secure the future of Real Madrid’s midfield for at least the next season.
Considering that the club could go after Kylian Mbappe next year, there appears to be a massive project cooking at Santiago Bernabeu.
Earlier this week, Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez made the trip to Germany to discuss Bellingham’s transfer face-to-face. With both parties knowing well that the player wishes to move away, an agreement could be reached swiftly.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.